Breaking Through The Noise
I truly believe that if you are not seeing success in the efforts you are making, then you are doing something wrong. What often gets lost in any observation of what you are doing it what you are truly doing right.
This can result in a painful blow to your psyche if you are going through a long patch where seemingly nothing is going right.
I also believe that one of the most dangerous things you can possess is hope. It is the fuel that lifts an underdog to victory over the favorite. It is also a driver that will take you over a cliff without any warning but plenty of enthusiasm if you begin to believe a little too much in yourself.
More often than you may like, your road to success will lead you directly through a mountain pass of setbacks or a valley of insane conditions. Beyond that, you’ll probably find your way traveling through a long stretch of desert filled with miles of doubt and despair.
I hate having to be a downer, but this is a constant feeling for many of us who have been brave enough to put forth the effort to break away from the mundane and into the extraordinary. Stepping away from the crowd is hard, but it is also the easiest part in getting ‘there,’ wherever your ‘there’ happens to be.
I can’t tell you not to go on or not to give up. Only you know if your idea has run its course, or still has enough life to continue to put up a stand. I can tell you that you have the power to accomplish just about anything. Even if your current idea isn’t panning out it doesn’t mean that one of the dozens of other ideas you put on the shelf to pursue this one does not have a chance.
Maybe you needed to learn something from a few past failures to ensure the success of one of those shelved ideas. Maybe you needed to learn something from a few failures to ensure the success of the one you are pursuing right now.
As many times as I’ve been knocked down in both past and current projects, I still find a way to get on my feet, dust myself off and try something again. It might be foolhardy, but how many people were called fools before they proved the world wrong?
Look for me when you finally make it ‘there.’ I don’t intend to be too far behind.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry at Business Insider has an article profiling 26-year old millionaire author Amanda Hocking. Hocking did not sign a big deal with a publisher who gives her huge advances. She self-publishes her novels and has found a popular following on Amazon.com and the Kindle reading device and platform only.
Amazon only takes 30% of sales money for its Kindle platform, so Hocking gets to keep the huge amount of 70% of her book sales, and she sells around 100,000 copies of her books per month. Even with book prices between $.99 and $3, the sheer volume makes a difference.
And being prolific and cheap looks like a good formula to help the
popularity of this independent author. She has 9 self-published books, and they seem to be about vampirey things, which probably helps. Check out one and see for yourself.
What are you doing to break through the noise around your business and bring attention to youself?